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La Fin Du Monde - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

7,742 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 7,742
Reviews: 2,712
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 322
Gots: 706 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-1998)
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice Canadian tripel after their Belgium ancestors and probably matching or bettering quite a few of them.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Illustrated label with a glowing terrain map of Quebec... The end of the world?. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs, °Plato, only Alc. (9.0%) Minimal descriptive narrative on back with glassware recommendation. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Large and resilient foamy head that ultimately leaves a stubborn layer. Light amber-yellow tone.

S - Citrus... Orange? smell around quite a bit of spices, in particular clove. Hmmm, when it settles it has a funny popcorn buttery smell. Is this a bad bottle? It is not uncomfy, but rare... Diacetyl?

T - Sweet and smooth over an emerging alcohol base that never takes over. A bitter and spicy bite punctuates the taste.

M - It has a medium, and somewhat deceptively pale body around a significant amount of carbonation.

D - It´s actually quite drinkable, although I sense an acid aftertaste that may not settle that well with everyone.

Notes: It's a nice beer... I confess that I'm not a big fan of tripels, whether Belgium or their American reinterpretations. I like them, sure. But I'm just not a big fan. So this one does not cut it for me as a favorite or an iconic reference. I think that for tripel lovers this is probably a delight. But being such a great beer there is something that does not quite gel in the end for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 21:30:12 | More by Daniellobo
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - I say good, mostly because it's shocking. Pour out of the bottle and it is a very pale, slightly cloudy, yellow. Nothing at all like I was expecting from a triple.

S - Spices, something sweet, maybe a little clove in there. Very mild smelling.

T - For a 9%, I am not tasting any alcohol in this. Lot of clove, some fruit and yeast.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied, some nice carbination.

D - Ridiculously drinkable. I could put these away often and quickly and probably drink myself to death. Maybe it's just the triple distilling, but this goes down too smoothly and too easily for how much alcohol is in there. Nice, mild tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:21:46 | More by AgentZero
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lhaqq

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Saha down in San Francisco. Goes great with the Yemenese Arabic fusion food (had it with their seafood kibbeh and orange scallops).
A: Opaque golden body with a creamy thin but constant head.
S: Some spices, sweet tea, honey, Belgian yeast.
T: A bit of cloves and spices. Pretty sweet through most of the taste, not too much on the sweet malts but a lot of Belgian yeasts and honey.
M: Really rich and creamy, with not too much carbonation.
D: Didn't finish it, but that might have been because of the great food. Will definitely have to try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 20:03:52 | More by lhaqq
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cdpike

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a beautiful golden orange that's slightly hazy but with ample foam. The nose is very inviting, with crisp Belgian spice and orange zest complimented by just a bit of alcohol. This beer has a wonderful medium body with robust effervescence. The taste is quite sweet and is not spicy as the aroma may suggest. There are strong citrus (orange) notes with a surprisingly crisp bite of hops with a somewhat dry finish. Additionally, there is a lingering flavor or that great spice. This beer has a great complex flavor that's not PERplexing. A great and accessible tripel for all occasions!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 14:28:01 | More by cdpike
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This pours a very cloudy pale gold with a white head, decent lacing.

There is no distinct flavor, mostly hops.

Its taste very plain, its good, reminds me of Duvel. To me its a very high alcohol session beer. So I'd drink tihs when I get to drunk.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:08:01 | More by jrallen34
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ClevoPiwo

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a big head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a nice lacing down the glass.

The smell is very good and very floral. Malt sweetness, complex fruity esters, yeast and spice are all pronounced in the bouquet.

The taste is great. Rich pale malt sweetness up front followed by that wonderful taste of belgian yeast with hints of spice and maybe a trace of hops. The alcohol is warming but well hidden.

A wonderful tripel! The alcohol is well hidden making this beer very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 23:52:48 | More by ClevoPiwo
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kbeals

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, golden color with plenty of fizzy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S- Clove, spices and sweet malts.

T- Taste is very spicy, plenty of cloves along with a taste of dried apples. A bit yeasty also.

M- Medium-light body with plenty of carbonation that results in the excellent head retention.

D- Dangerously drinkable at 9%. This beer took some getting used to for me. This was my first tripel and after about the first half a dozen sips I was hooked.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 13:58:11 | More by kbeals
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange color with a huge head and some very good retention leaving a nice white skim after about 3 minutes. LIttle to no lacing.

S- Picking up banana, pear, apple, coriander, and perhaps even clove.

T- Lemon, alcohol, apple, clove, yeast, very complex. Spicy! Nice.

M- Definately has some carbonation but nice. The alcohol leaves the throat warm and reminds you that it's 9%.

D - This is how a tripel should be made. I haven't had many but this is by far the best. It is in the top 100 for good reason. The alcohol is a bit high to get this a 5 but I can forgive the high alcohol here because it tastes VERY good!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 01:23:36 | More by beerman207
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dasenebler

Maine

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750ml bottle it pours a rich, deep golden hue. A nice and thick (but not really creamy) head forms at first, though it dissipates very quickly. Aroma is quite nice, with notes of yeast, ripe pear, banana and a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is sweet up-front, with a warming effect on the finish. As the drink continues, fruity and yeasty flavors develop. Lingering aftertaste is malty, caramel-like and yeasty. Alcohol is not terribly noticeable, and I am actually drinking this beer pretty fast. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, yet not as huge or creamy as I had expected.

Overall this is a sweet Tripel with good complexity. La Fin du Monde is an excellent beer, but it's kind of joke that it is the number one Tripel on BA, ranking higher than all of the original Belgian versions. But who am I to argue with 1500+ reviews? I prefer a drier Tripel. To each his own.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:36:13 | More by dasenebler
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tattooed81

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful bright gold with a decent foamy head when poured into a tulip glass. This beer gives you a hint of whats to come with notes of hops and citrus and just a hint of spice as you raise the glass to your mouth.

With a fantastic spicy start, and a combination of hops, cloves, citrus and just a hint of something floral this is a truly great beer. Finishes with a crisp clean finish that makes it easy to drink this beer over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 01:43:24 | More by tattooed81
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Auspice

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

With a satisfying "POP" the cork is sprung from the top of my bomber of La Fin Du Monde and I pour it's dark golden, almost orange contents into my brandy snifter. The head is massive, about 3 fingers worth. It smells of belgian yeast, banannas, clove, and sweet dark fruits. As I drink, there is plenty of lacing left lingering on the glass.

This is a very well balanced beer with a medium mouthfeel and a very smooth taste. It has a sweet almost lemon aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

As I have begun to notice with great belgian style beers, it is extremely drinkable which is dangerous with it's high ABV.

Overall, a superb beer leaving me wanting more. Again, kudos to the chef!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:08:47 | More by Auspice
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy/sediment filled golden orange with a fizzy two finger head that disappears very quickly to a ring around the beer. No lacing is present on my glass halfway through the bottle. Not a very strong head/appearance. Smells like a good belgian beer, has belgian yeast, spice, a bit of fruit and maybe a smoked/malty smell to it. Tastes of belgian yeast, malts, a bit of citrus, some fruits and once again a malty/smoked taste. Good malty aftertaste toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, has a little cream in the mouth and leaves that good belgian taste lingering on the tongue. Drinkability is good here for a tripel, taste is great and the 9% alcohol is well hidden, no alcohol taste shines through at all, doesnt feel too heavy on the stomach. Definately has that signature Unibroue canadian-belgian taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 01:16:42 | More by cbutova
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thezenkeeper

Iowa

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great golden color with a nice head. Has a strong deep flavor with lots of yeast and a bit of spice to it. Nice fruity bouquet. Has just the right ammount of carbanation, has a great mouthfeel. Just a great beer in every aspect. Has little alcohol flavor, even though it has a 9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 13:46:51 | More by thezenkeeper
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Casey10

Maine

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After recently trying a chimay triple I sought out this one as it was one of the higher rated triples was very impressed with this brew.

A - lots of bubbles and a frothy white head when first poured.

S - Spices and banana great use of belgian yeast.

T - Taste was good smooth and a nice aftertase that lingered once drank, a bit lemony and banana.

M - creamy somewhat, carbonated feel

D - very nice could drink a bunch would have to be careful do to well hidden abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 02:31:18 | More by Casey10
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very beautiful transparent golden yellow with almost no head into a tulip. Many bubbles rising to the surface in contrast to the tiny flecks of sediment floating in swirls around them.

Such a fruity and malty smell. Delicious and enticing.

The taste is sweet and much the same as the smell, very fruity sour apples with firm malt flavors though out. The very taste that subliminally drove me to my love for Triples.

Feel is bubbled and alcoholic with a medium body.

A great beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 03:32:53 | More by JordanEllwanger
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aristeros

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. High hopes for this one. Pours a light straw, cloudy, with a huge snowy head. Excellent lacing, visible carbonation. A tartness in the nose, banana esters are the strongest scents, but you get some Chimay-like coriander and cloves.

Complex flavor. Spices, tart yellow fruit, and alcohol up front. Sweet, but not cloying malt character, well-balanced by the spices. Earthy on the back end, with a warming alcohol presence. Carbonation largely up front, but doesn't hinder the mouthfeel any at all.

Heavy alcohol in there and you can tell. I can finish my 22 oz by myself, but if I were to have another bottle (and I'd like to!) I'd be toast, even on a full stomach.

One of the best tripels I've had, but not the best. Awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 03:06:10 | More by aristeros
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greengorilla

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

It is a very hazy golden color with a good white head.

The smell is is very good but not overpowering. Spices come through in both the smell and the taste. It seems to have just a hint of clove taste which I usually am not real crazy about, but I like this.

The mouthfeel is world class.

The beer is certainly drinkable, but at 9.0% abv, one or two would be my limit.

Overall this is a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 12:44:52 | More by greengorilla
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TheTrevor

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy golden color with a two-finger off-beige head that lasted a little while. The smell is complex and represents some of the best parts about the style. There is some coriander and clove along with some fruitiness including tangerine, lemon, and a bit of banana. The taste is the same as the smell, you can almost taste something new every sip but it always seems to fit together perfectly to be complex and delicious without being overpowering or cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel is thick with some moderate carbonation. This is probably in the top three of my varieties of tripel, which is one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 16:28:39 | More by TheTrevor
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ricke

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow color with a rather big ivory-colored head that stays on for a while and leaves a nice lid of lacings.

S: A fine-tuned smell, complex with every piece at its place. Some gentle clove-like spices mix with pleasant fruit aromas of mostly tangerines and lemon peel. The wheat and fragile malts provide a nice clean background. Quite a lot of phenols and some alcohol. When tripels showcase smells like this, they are really great. Clean, refreshing and complex. Well balanced. (As a note, you could almost feel the gas in the nose from the carbonation in this one).

T: Gentle spices (mostly cloves) and fruit esters of tangerine, pear and lemon peel lead the way to a nice semi-sharp malt and wheat character. It's a kind of sweet taste, but the spices act as a good counterweight. Bread crumbs, grass and a mild taste of earthy yeast. The wheat gets a little more pronounced towards the end, resulting in that semi-tart taste sometimes noticeable in wheaty beers. The finish holds some notes of herbal alcohol, phenols, a gentle spicy hop bite and bitterness and lingering fruity notes. In general, a complex and well balanced taste.

M: Moderate body, nice slick mouthfeel with a generous amount of lively carbonation.

D: Tripels are probably my least favorite style of the high ABV Belgian styles, but I think I can go as far as saying that this is one of the best tripels I've ever had. Complex and balanced, yet with plenty of that Belgian edginess. This one is really easy to drink, but deserves to be sipped and savored at a gentle pace.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 22:30:57 | More by ricke
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden brownish ember, waves of yellow grain, thick and work of art.

Smell: Powerful nose, but fruity solid bouquet.

Taste: The levels of earthiness and fruity grains dances on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is present, but not overpowering.

Drinkability: Strong, deep flavors, this is to be enjoyed like a good book near the fire. Sadness will occur when the beer is no more

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 19:58:02 | More by BeerLover99
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cavedave

New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, cloudy, straw color, topped by very dense two finger off-white head that relaxes to a skin and leaves a ring of fine lace on my snifter.

Smell is that Unibroue yeast aroma (at least to me it seems all the Unibroues have the same sweet, tangy yeast bouquet to them), candy, mild spiciness, and a light breadiness that balances it into a nose that knows.

Ah, what flavor, it is astonishingly full of yeast, candy, peach, and grain. I am three sips in, it is about forty five degrees, and I can tell this is gonna get better as it warms. Yes, now that it warms subtle hints of spice and floral notes appear, and the main flavors grow, and join into a harmony of deliciousness. The finish is juicy, semi sweet, and long. The word luscious was made to describe this brew. Something is missing, though. That something is alcohol. It is MIA, not there, no taste whatever. Awesome!

Mouthfeel? As good as it gets, better than Saint Bernardus in this department. Light, full, not overcarbonated, clingy, it clears well, lasting flavor that is a joy on the palate. Next.

Drinkability, due to its 9% ABV, lack of any alcohol flavor or heat, crazy deliciousness, and perfect mouthfeel, is triple red flag warning dangerously excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 21:02:43 | More by cavedave
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been giving me the stinkeye from the cellar so I figure I'd bring up a bottle.

Wheaten gold color with a large white head. Plumes of small bubbles emanate from the glass bottom. Retention is superb.

Belgian yeast underlayer with pilings of apricot, clay, marigolds and grassy hops. Tart and musty.

Orange mango citrus with a soft creamsicle finish. Wet grass hops poke thier heads up here and there. No overtly discernable alcoholic presence despite a %9 abv. Semi dry. Mouthfeel is as smooth as one could want from a tripel.

Sweeter than most tripels Le Fin gets a little cloying towards the end of a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 00:43:36 | More by donkeyrunner
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with rapid head that settles to a bit of a fluffy island surrounded by a smaller broken up head that sits on the top. Some lacing.

Smells of orange, yeasts, bananas, cloves, some what bready.

Brew tastes of fruits (much like the smell) and yeasts, some alcohol presence in there as well. Has a spicey peppery mouthfeel. Has a sweet taste to a degree but there is some tartness in there as well. Has a nice sticky flavor left in the aftertaste. Has the nice warming effect from the alcohol; but is very balanced (masked nicely).

This brew is delicious; very tasty, very drinkable. It could get me all kinds of shitty if I made a session out of this brew. This is why I prefer to sip and enjoy, after all it was probably meant for just that. If I could line this next to all of the other triples I have had and taste test them - I think this may be the one to beat. Very stellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 01:30:11 | More by magine
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SLeffler27

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big, dense, bright white meringue head hangs around for the duration over a cloudy, gold beer with unyielding carbonation. Little or no lacing is deposited on the Chimay chalice but there is a pronounced film of goodness is.

The sweet smell of fermented apples and pears is strong, with white bread, dried orange peel, white wine and subtle spices. The end of the world is very dense with sensations as yeast clearly plays a prominent role.

The flavor profile follows the aroma with mild bitterness and some barn mustiness as it continuously opens to new, subtle flavors all with light sweetness turning to tartness as it warms. There is even a touch of biting pepper in the finish.

This is a medium to full-bodied beer with a silky smooth texture punctuated by abundant carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable, though not quite as pronounced as one would anticipate.

Unibroue's offering is certainly worthy of an excursion. Fortunately, it is significantly more readily available. La Fin du Monde has become a staple for me, even an ingredient, as few beers have such versatility. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 01:59:28 | More by SLeffler27
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden with 3 fingers of fluffy white head that eventually retreats to a ring of foam.

S - Clove , wheat, banana, lemon and citrus.

T - Sweet, bready, wheat malt, lemon, pear, peppery clove, yeasty, fruity, a hint tart but more sweet.

M - Medium body, well carbonated, mouth coating sweetness with a lingering spice.

D - A tasty tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 00:47:08 | More by brewcrew76
La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue
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